Karachi: Former Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed thinks that the likes of Yasir Shah, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Nathon Lyon have struggled in white-ball cricket due to the “lack of variations” on flat decks.
All of the above-mentioned spinners are arguably the best Test spinners in the world right now but have struggled to replicate that performance in white-ball formats.
“Look at Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. They have won so many (white ball) games for India in the last two years. Maybe the likes of Lyon, Ashwin, and Yasir don’t have enough variations to survive in one-day cricket,” Mushtaq told an Indian newspaper.
“In one -day cricket, if the pitches are good and you don’t have variations or a mystery ball, you can’t survive. For example, a champion bowler like Lyon has been exposed in one day cricket. He has not been as successful as he has been in the longest format,” he added.
The 49-year-old Mushtaq however, praised Ashwin, Lyon as well as Yasir Shah for their performance in Tests. He then explained the reason behind the success of mystery and wrist-spinners in ODIs and T20Is in recent years.
“Test cricket remains the ultimate challenge for the spinners as you get to know their true skills. The likes of Yasir, Lyon, Moeen Ali, Ashwin. These are the guys I admire. Their contribution to Test cricket has been huge,” he maintained.
“Some of them have been successful in one day cricket also but the game has changed drastically since the five fielder rule inside the (30-yard) circle came into being. For that, mystery spinners, as well as wrist spinners, have become more effective. Guys Like Adil Rashid, Adam Zampa, Chahal, Kuldeep, Shadab Khan,” he added.